Red-tape keeps Rs. 3.5bn project waiting four years for green-light
* 46 storey Clearpoint Residencies to be completed by 2015January 13, 2013, 7:18 pm
By Ravi Ladduwahetty
Four years after the preliminary application, the plans of ‘Clearpoint Residencies’, the Rs. 3.5 billion joint venture between top rung architect Milroy Perera of Kandalama Hotel fame and MAGA Engineering ( Pvt) Ltd were approved and the long awaited construction of the world’s tallest vertical garden commenced yesterday.
Situated within the heart of the city and surrounded by marshes off Buthgamuwa Road Rajagiriya, , this magnificent apartment building stands 46 stories high; accommodating 164 units with heavily planted spacious terraces. This concept of upper level terraces creates a combination of a scenic view along with the appreciation of a garden for the residents at the upper levels, allowing the best of both worlds to be enjoyed simultaneously.
Given the dwindling number of native fruit trees, due to commercial harvesting of more high yielding fruit trees a decision was made to introduce flora that is endangered and endemic to the Sri Lanka, Milroy told The Island Financial Review yesterday.
Several varieties of native mangos in the excess of 400 trees are to be spread out through the 45 floors. Further there will be other fruit bearing trees to compliment the vertical sprawl, which in turn will attract fauna such as insects & butterflies which in turn will attract birds, both native and migratory. In selecting the flora the seasonal variations of these tress providing different colour and texture variation over the year also has been taken into consideration. Thus this vertical forest takes up a space equivalent to 4 hectares of ground sprawling forest in a 200 perch land.
Apart from the gardens and is magnificent views, this unique adobe provides its residents with facilities such as Tennis Court, Badminton Court, Squash Courts, Table Tennis, fully fitted Gymnasium and Banquet Hall, Swimming Pool and Jogging Track at 44th Floor.
Clearpoint is not only ‘green’ in its nature, its concepts reach towards a more comprehensive outlook of ‘green’; making it the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka. The greenery sprawled on the outer face of the building acts as a filter against direct sunlight, thereby cooling the interior and reducing the burden and necessity of air conditioning systems. The green skin also filters out the dust particles from the air and improves the indoor air quality for the residents.
This vast amount of greenery will be fed and maintained through a drip irrigation system, further reducing the demand of water needed to maintain such a large and unique scheme. Harvesting of rain water and recycling of grey water will be further incorporated to minimize water usage in irrigation. Treated sewer water will be utilized for irrigation systems at ground level.
Apart from such passive methods of water conservation, active methods such as the use of water efficient fixtures will be used throughout the building, reducing the water demand on the national grid by a thriving 45%.
For the first time in Sri Lanka, Photovoltaic–Thermal (PV-T) Hybrid collectors will be used on roof-scape, producing both pre heated water and electricity through solar energy necessary for consumption. The pre heated water will be further heated where ever necessary through gas boilers to further reduce the burden on gas, hence eliminating the necessity of electricity for heating purposes. Therefore as the solar energy provides a major portion of energy needed for electricity, a single phase electrical system is used for the project, again making it the only of its kind.
Air conditioning of the building is carried out where ever necessary though inverter type air conditioning systems. Other energy efficient light fixtures such as LED and CFL will be used to drastically reduce the energy consumption of the building. The collective methods of energy conservation is expected to drop the energy need of the project by 50% according to the predetermined energy calculations carried out whist designing this unique apartment home. As the estimated 150-200Kw energy produced is in excess, Clearpoint ties up with LECO to facilitate a NET metering system to give back to the national grid; making it one of the largest schemes to provide such a facility.
Clearpoint is to complete its construction in the first quarter of year of 2015. It will be overlooking the surrounding marshes and greenery which will be preserved, thereby making this a true utopia in the fast reducing world of green.
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